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Apply for MFA Symphonic Orchestra Performance

This information concerns applications to the Master's programme of Fine Arts in Music with specialization in Symphonic Orchestra Performance.

Information for applicants autumn 2021 (regular admission)

2021-02-02: An e-mail with the interview questions and a link to download the sheet music has been sent to all applicants.

Admission tests

Important: Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we must adapt our entrance exams in accordance with the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations. These recommendations are subject to change at short notice, which means that the tests may need to be adapted further. In that case, changes will be published on this page. In addition, we will notify you via the email address you provide when registering.

The following applies to applicants starting their studies autumn 2021.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the admission tests to the Master’s programme of Fine Arts in Music with specialization in Symphonic Orchestra Performance will be carried out entirely through digital work samples.

Applicants for orchestra instruments

Audition: The repertoire consists of orchestral excerpts and one concerto. More information about this in the pdf file Auditions repertoire list. The sheet music of the orchestra excerpts will be sent to you via e-mail. 

Interview: Interview questions are sent to you in the same e-mail as the orchestra excerpts. Your answers have to be recorded in a separate video clip. You are free to speak Swedish or English.

Applicants for piano

Audition

  • Solo performance with pieces from two distinct eras, at least ten minutes long in total.
  • Required opera excerpts.
  • Required orchestral excerpts.

The sheet music of the excerpts will be sent to you via e-mail.

Interview: Interview questions are sent to you in the same e-mail as the sheet music. Your answers have to be recorded in a separate video clip. You are free to choose Swedish or English for your interview.

Instructions for digital work samples

As work samples, you record one video for the interview as well as videos for your audition as follows.

All instruments except piano and percussion:

  • Video 1: The concerto is to be recorded in one shot
  • Video 2: Orchestral excerpts are to be recorded in one shot

Piano:

  • One solo performance per video
  • All excerpts are to be recorded in one shot

Percussion:

  • Video 1: Excerpts 1 – 5 are to be recorded in one shot
  • Video 2: Excerpts 6 – 10 are to be recorded in one shot

Requirements when recording a video:

  • Clearly state which piece you will be performing on the recording.
  • The recording has to be of high sound quality.
  • The applicant must be visible in close-up. 
  • Face, arms and instruments should be clearly visible
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  • The recordings must not be edited.
  • Accepted file formats are: .m4v, .mov, .mp4, .wmv, .flv, .asf, .mpeg, .mpg, .mkv
  • Maximum file size per video is 500 MB.

Submit your work samples digitally via our service SlideRoom.

Eligibility and selection

Entry requirements

Bachelor degree of arts in music or equivalent, and musical knowledge and skills that are assessed at the admission test and are the basis for selection.

Selection

Selection of eligible applicants is based upon entrance tests.

The Nicolas Lupot Violin

Every year a master student is awarded the opportunity to play this unique instrument during one academic year.

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The Lupot Violin

Tuition fees

Students with citizenship in countries not within the EU/EEA, or Switzerland, are required to pay application and tuition fees for university studies in Sweden. 

More information about tuition fees

Alternative premises

In the coming years, major changes await the Academy of Music and Drama. Parts of our building Artisten will undergo renovation, and according to a proposal, other parts will be demolished to make room for a completely new building that will house both the Academy of Music and Drama and and HDK-Valand, placing the entire Faculty for Fine Applied and Performing Arts adjacent to Götaplatsen. The decision is expected from Rektor and the faculty's Dean by the beginning of 2021.  

This construction process means that the Academy of Music and Drama will move its operations to several different premises, hence avoiding disturbance from by the construction work. With a few exceptions, these premises will all be located in central Gothenburg and be specially adapted to the business. The relocation is expected to take place in the summer of 2022. This means that those planning to study at the Academy of Music and Drama in the autumn semester of 2022 will begin their studies in premises other than the Artist.

The move in to the new premises will be done in steps, during the summers of 2024, 2025 and 2026.

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